Well, you're perhaps justified in dreading all the paperwork and red-tape that would come with taking your dog with you on an international holiday, but if you really want to then you can make it happen and if you can you definitely should. If you're going on a local trip then there's no excuse at all to leave your dog behind, even if your loving neighbours promise to feed him and look out for him, perhaps even keep him in their yard while you're gone. You should take your family pet on holiday with you, especially if he's a dog as dogs make for good travellers if you create the right environment for them to tag along. iKnow UK has gathered a great guide on the logistics of travelling in the UK with a dog: http://www.iknow-uk.com/article/dog-friendly-holidays-uk. I've written about exactly why you should do so!